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About us

Leesfield Parish covers a wide and diverse area encompassing Lees, Knolls Lane, Holts, Park Bridge, Salem and Roundthorn. 

The people who live in our parish come from a variety of different backgrounds, and we seek to make our churches welcoming to all of them, without discrimination of any kind. We are members of the Inclusive Church network, and our statement of belief is shown here.

Our Vicar is the Reverend Edith Disley, and we have two associate priests, Reverend Ruth Farrar and Reverend David Halford. There are also several lay people authorised to assist at the Eucharist, and many who do readings and lead Intercessions at our services.

A small but committed Pastoral Care Team, led by Reverend Ruth Farrar is extremely active in “taking the Church” out into the community. There are regular visits to Residential Care Homes in the area, and the team makes pastoral visits and takes Home Communion to parishioners who are no longer able to attend Church services.

We aim to encourage lay members of our congregations to explore their vocations, and "To grow as disciples of Christ and to share God’s love across the parish and beyond"

Holts Village is a most important part of our parish, being in a seriously deprived area. Edith is working with the Diocese and Deanery to try to increase the presence of the Church in Holts Village, and Archdeacon Cherry is particularly active in this. 

There is also a new Holts and Lees Community Team based at the hub on Near Birches Parade, which is proving to be really successful in providing new opportunities and assistance for residents of the estate. Leesfield parish is represented at Holts and Lees Action Group meetings.

Bishop Mark visited Holts on the 30th May 2017 together with people from Leesfield Parish and Oldham East Deanery on his prayer pilgrimage. He saw the community cafe, where children's activities were taking place during the school holidays, and was most impressed with the local community initiatives, and we later prayed together outside the cafe and near the school.

Whilst we have two Church buildings, (St. Thomas’ and St. Agnes’), and a Worship Centre within St. Hugh’s School, we are very much one Parish. Our Church services are attended by people from all around the Parish and beyond. For information about our regular and special services please click on the link Our Services . 

The Parish is part of the Oldham East Deanery, with Reverend Graham Hollowood as our Area Dean. Our Archdeacon is the Venerable Cherry Vann, Archdeacon of Rochdale, and our Area Bishop is Bishop Mark Davies, Bishop of Middleton. We are part of the Diocese of Manchester, and the Right Reverend David Walker is our Diocesan Bishop. To find out more about what's going on in Manchester Diocese you can download a free copy of "Crux" by clicking here. Crux Diocese of Manchester monthly magazine

Leesfield Parish is also an active member of Churches Together in Lees and District, together with St. John’s C of E Church, Salem Moravians, Zion Methodist, Springhead Congregational, St. Edward’s R C Church and Roundthorn Salvation Army. 

Clergy and lay people work together on planning joint services and events throughout the year, including the Week of Christian Unity, World Day of Prayer, Lent Groups, Good Friday, Whit Sunday and Remembrance Sunday.

For more information check out Churches Together in Lees and District Blogspot. Churches Together services, meetings and events are also included in our calendar.

Throughout the Parish there is a lively programme of services and events to suit all ages. For the full calendar click the following link Leesfield Parish Calendar or for more details of forthcoming events please click the following link Social & Fundraising 

Our Parish Magazine, "Voice" is published bi-monthly, and is available in both churches. The magazine includes all of the information about services and events, together with news and photos from all around the parish.

Many more photos from all our events can be found on our facebook page leesfieldparish

During 1998, the 150th Anniversary Year of St. Thomas' Leesfield Church, a small group from the parish walked the Parish Boundary. 

Since 2014 we have been walking the boundary as a sponsored event, but with the emphasis on getting as many people as possible, representing all aspects of Parish life, to join in the walk and gain an understanding of the vast area and diverse community which we serve. 

To answer some of the questions raised we now have “Mud and Friendship”. It’s a walking guide and map of the Parish Boundary, with Parish and Local History, old and new photos of places and people on the walks, and lots of comments from people of all ages about the area and their experience of the walks.